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Katrina's effects, at a glance


- Governor Bob Riley declared a state of emergency.

- The storm hammered Alabama's coast early today with huge waves and tree-bending winds. Frothy gulf waters swirled in the streets of Gulf Shores.

- Evacuations: All coastal and low-lying areas of south Mobile County and the beachfront and flood-prone areas of Baldwin County were told to leave.

- Flooding reported on Dauphin Island.

- Gulf Shores under curfew all day today.


- Katrina hit the southern tip of Florida on Thursday as a Category One hurricane, then headed into the Gulf of Mexico.

- Deaths: Nine.

- Evacuations: As the storm aimed at the Gulf Coast, people on Navarre Beach, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key were urged to evacuate Sunday.

- Power outages: About 314-thouasand residential and business customers in South Florida remained without power Monday morning.

- Damage: Initial computer modeling estimates pegged the insured wind damage at 600 (m) million dollars to two (b) billion dollars.


- Katrina strengthened to a Category Five storm over the Gulf of Mexico but weakened slightly and came ashore early Monday as a Category Four storm with wind of 145 miles-per-hour.

- Evacuations: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered the entire city of 485-thousand to evacuate. For those who couldn't, the city opened 10 shelters, including the Superdome, and urged people to bring three- to five days worth of supplies.

- Nagin estimated that 80 percent of the city's residents had left, leaving about 97-thousand still in town.

- Some 370-thousand customers in southeast Louisiana were estimated to be without power

- About nine-thousand spent the night at the Superdome. Power failed at around 5 a.m. Monday.


- Governor Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency.

- The Wolf River in Harrison County poured out of its banks and approached record levels, threatening a large number of homes.

- Evacuations: Residents all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast headed inland Sunday. Thousands spent the night in shelters.

- A tornado watch was posted for the southern portion of the state.

- The state is expecting between 250 and 350-thousand evacuees from Louisiana.


_ Crude oil futures spiked to more than 70-dollars a barrel for the first time today. Oil companies shut down one (m) million barrels of refining capacity in the Gulf, but that amount could be far higher because not every producer reports data, said Peter Beutel, an oil analyst with Cameron Hanover.


"Closed due to Katrina. Katrina Go Away." -- A flashing sign at The Treasure Bay Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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